build it up/tear it down

  True collaboration is a very tricky thing. Its also not every bodies cup of tea, and understandably so. It means giving up control and knowing the partners working processes very well, not to mention trusting their intellectual capacity. Forced collaboration is more or less impossible and only chance can save the parties involved from…

the visual field is a container

With the Objectspace show quickly approaching and mine and Helen’s objects ready and waiting, I thought I would revisit my findings around the subject of metaphors. Back in April, I threw up some questions about moving image being used and understood as one. https://handshake3.com/2016/04/19/video-as-metaphor/ I cannot pertain to completely understanding Lakoff and Johnson’s, Metaphors We Live…

drawing technically

I have had a captivation with technical drawing and graph paper for a number of years, as in a younger life I drew graphs for market analysis. Over the time I have been involved with Handshake, technical drawings through engineering has momentarily, at different points in time, come to the surface. My time spent collaborating…

lost in space

Concurrent to sparks flying in my studio so was my frustration with the international postal system. Recently I posted a template to Helen as our objects require some areas of precision in order to physically work. Unfortunately, but not detrimentally, the template became lost in mail space for about a month, throwing up a spanner…

linguistic components

When Helen and I started throwing about ideas for our collaboration the first and most obvious starting point for us, seeing as it is a process we both use, were components.  As we progressed the components idea became clouded by other concerns, and as all artwork should in its making, the idea shifted into something…

Inside my helmet

It’s pretty obvious that faceting originates from tool making, where stones were dropped into a hot fire to make them split and flake to create a sharp edge. Later it became a lapidary technique. I am starting to see my faceted kauri pieces as modular components that when multiplied create a whole. But why facet…

Searching

The Piano, by Jane Campion is one of my all-time favourite movies. I am not just drawn to the story line but the setting, a rough and rugged New Zealand coastline that is untamed in its beauty. Of course, the films first impression is of a love story, but to me it is a very…

video as metaphor

Excerpt from, Metaphors We Live By, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson How do you communicate a moving image as metaphorical or do you need to? From the small amount I have read so far, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson appear to indirectly discuss my question. The use of metaphors in the English language is automatically understood…

2 days with Helen

While in Munich I spent some time with Helen discussing our collaboration intently and creating a solid plan that we could manage once we were back on opposite sides of the world. We also addressed a question about collaboration, that I had prior to this meeting, as it was integral to the decisions we made and…

Back from the Beyond………

Since coming back from Munich I am intrigued by the random objects that I have been finding over the last week on our dining room table. I so love having a husband and son’s that all work in engineering fields that just keeps astonishing me with the cross-overs into my practice. The latest ‘surprise’ on…

A Matter of Communication: Collaboration

MY THOUGHTS ON COLLABORATION: It generally appears that the formation of artistic collaborations comes about through the juxtaposition of contrasting or complementary craftsmanship, resulting in a hybridization of ideas, techniques and outcomes. This is fantastic for moving contemporary practice forward and encouraging a lateral way of thinking through making, while also complementing the current multidisciplinary system…